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3 of the Best Stargazing Spots in Europe

3 of the Best Stargazing Spots in Europe

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When was the last time you looked up to see the stars and marveled at the glorious beauty of the night sky? If you spend most of your time in cities, you may be missing out on one of the greatest wonders above you. In many places, light pollution gets in the way of what could be a majestic sight. Luckily, there are excellent spots from around the world that you can visit for a spectacular stargazing experience. A group or solo travel in Europe is a perfect excuse to go on a starry adventure. And if you are looking for places to go the best nightscape views, here are some of the best stargazing spots in Europe for your bucket list.

Alqueva Dark Sky Reserve, Portugal
Located in Portuguese Alentejo, Alqueva is a starlight tourism destination that boasts a glorious view of the night sky. At night, a blanket of stars covers this beautiful Dark Sky Reserve which stretches to about 3000 square kilometers.

Connemara, Ireland
Nature’s sublime beauty, with its dramatic landscape and gorgeous lakes, is not the only thing that shines brightly in Connemara. At night the sky dazzles as bright leaving those who are lucky enough to see it in awe. Far from the bright lights of the city, this is one of the places where you can spend hours just watching the stars.

Pic du Midi International Dark Sky Reserve (Réserve Internationale de Ciel Étoilé du Pic du Midi), France
Pic du Midi is designated as an International Dark Sky Reserve that spans more than 3,000 kilometers. The vast area reaches across two other famous attractions in France — the UNESCO World Heritage Site Pyrénées-Mont Perdu and the Pyrénées National Park. Visitors flock to the place to see the starry sky, the constellations, and more. It also boasts an observatory which serves as a venue for an annual event known as the “Night at the Summit” where stargazers can stay for a night and enjoy the magnificent vista of the sky.

5 of the Best Spots in the World for Stargazing

5 of the Best Spots in the World for Stargazing

Light pollution often gets in the way of enjoying the breathtaking beauty of a starry night. If you live in an urban area, finding the best spot to watch the night sky and gaze at the stars can be a challenge. But if you are willing to make the trip, here are some of the best spots in the world for an unforgettable stargazing experience.

Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve (Mackenzie Region, New Zealand)
NZ night sky
Why go: Almost zero light pollution and surrounded by mountains, this dark sky reserve is a stargazing spot that is the closest thing to perfection.

Atacama Desert (Chile)
Atacama Desert night sky
Why go: This vast space stretches to about 600 miles and offers excellent visibility for stargazers. Boasting of idyllic conditions for nighttime sky-watching, the Atacama Desert is one of the places on the planet that should be on every avid stargazer’s must-see list.

Hovenweep National Monument (Utah, USA)
Hovenweep National Monument
Why go: Hovenweep National Monument is home to six prehistoric villages, several ancient structures, and stunning nature scenery. It also has ideal stargazing conditions, great spots to set up camp, and watch the open skies transform into a magical vista teeming with stars.

Kiruna (Sweden)
Kiruna
Why go: The remote town of Kiruna serves as home to the Esrange Space Center. With no light-polluted skies marring stargazers’ view, Kiruna offers near-perfect visibility for stargazing and watching the stunning northern lights that the area is also known for.

Sagarmāthā National Park (Khumjung, Nepal)
Sagarmāthā National Park
Why go: A UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site, Sagarmāthā National Park is a protected area deep in the Himalayas with the majestic Mount Everest serving as a breathtaking backdrop. With its dramatic, remote, and unspoilt landscape, this vast nature reserve is an idyllic spot for stargazing.